Proagrica, the agricultural data and connectivity division within RELX, has acquired the US business CDMS which provides compliance data and services to support agronomic recommendations and crop production decisions.

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CDMS, established in 1983, has its headquarters in Las Vegas. It maintains manufacturer-approved label data on more than 7,000 different products from hundreds of input manufacturers. This data generates 145,000 different field-level use cases, offering the detailed data that demonstrates accuracy and adherence to regulations in proving product stewardship.

Under its new owner, CDMS will continue as an independent data source to the industry, while Proagrica’s global presence will enable the company to grow its geographical reach. CDMS will operate within Proagrica’s Ag Solutions division under its trusted brand, with Liz Magill continuing to lead the business as president and Scott Mueller as executive vice-president business development.

“CDMS’ renowned compliance engine and crop protection data complements our geo-spatial solutions and precision-agriculture assets,” notes Matt Waits, president of Ag Solutions at Proagrica. “As consumer demand increases for traceability and provenance, CDMS will enhance our platform to engage with food manufacturers, retailers and growers. Our partnership will provide data-based evidence that farm practices meet their compliance standards and regulatory demands.”

Ms Magill adds: “Proagrica understands the importance of maintaining our independence within the industry, but also offers the means to grow the business into new services and new geographies. We’re looking forward to developing a global business with the backing and support of an outstanding team there.”

Proagrica chief executive Graeme McCracken concludes: “This acquisition ties in seamlessly with our mission to connect all the pieces in agriculture and animal health. Together we will provide an integrated and open platform to all of our industry partners.”